Each year the Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ) presents awards to various local clubs in recognition of their outstanding projects, programs and members.

All local clubs submit applications in compliance with the requirements of the National Garden Club (NCG). The Garden Club of LBI has been the recipient of numerous yearly awards.

This year, under the direction  of Awards chairperson, Lesley Taylor, our Club received the following awards. 

The Garden Club of New Jersey Award for an outstanding project or program.

Monarch Butterfly Project    

Judie Alloway and Teresa Hagan,  Chairs

Monarch Butterfly Planters.

The Violet M. Bennett Environmental Trophy for an outstanding project in furtherance and betterment of the environment.

Monarch Butterfly Project

Judie Alloway and Teresa Hagan, Chairs

Monarch butterfly stops for nectar on an orange zinnia.

The Wyckoff Garden Club Trophy for restoring, renovating and or maintaining a building that has historical significance.

Beach Haven Library Garden for landscaping for the Blue Star Memorial Celebration

Chris Vohden and Beverly Reitinger, Chairs

The Beach Haven Library and the Blue Star Veteran’s Memorial.

The Woodbridge Garden Club Trophy for an outstanding project or program in Garden Therapy, enriching the lives of seniors with flowers and plants.

Senior Services

Cathy Sutton, Dell Hardman, JoAnne McKee, Cathy Ruch, Co-Chairs

Creating holiday arrangements.

Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs Award to the Beach Haven Library Patio and Garden.

Chris Vohden, Garden Chair with Carol Stracensky, Membership Chair

The Silver Gardener’s Patio

Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs Award for Civic Development to the Veterans’ Memorial Garden.

Veterans’ Memorial Garden, a landscape garden accessible to the public using predominantly native plant material.
Cathy Sutton, Chair

Long Beach Island Foundation Memorial Garden

Youth Contest

The Garden Club of LBI participates in the Youth Contests sponsored by the National Garden Club. The National Contests take place in three stages beginning with local Garden Clubs sending submissions to the State (GCNJ). Winning submissions at the State level are sent to Regional (CAR) for judging and CAR’s winning submissions go on to be judged at the National (NGC) level. Each year our club encourages students to submit to three National Contest – Poetry, Essay and Sculpture. We are proud that in the past the work of our talented youth has won awards from GCNJ, CAR and NGC.

This year under the direction of Youth Awards chairperson, Nancy Kunz,  our students received the following awards.

  • 1st place at the state level for 3rd Grade;  1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Grade 4 ;  1st place for Grade 5 and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Grade 6 in the poetry contest
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the state level for the high school essay contest.

In addition students received the following CAR awards

  • Poetry contest winner for Grade 5.
  • Youth Poetry Award 1st place for Grade 6;  2nd place Grade 3;  3rd place Grade 4;  and 2nd place Grade 5.